Jamaicans and other places in the Caribbean are intolerant of those who live an “alternative lifestyle.” Homosexuality is not tolerated in any form and many have been beaten and killed for living an openly gay lifestyle or even thought to be homosexual. The only hope that has come for those fleeing persecution has come in the form of political asylum to the U.S.
According to Black Voices, in an unprecedented legal victory, 28 homosexual Jamaicans won political asylum in the United States after being persecuted in their own country. The victory is an example of how drastic the attacks on homosexuals are in Jamaica. Police are suspected of even assisting those who are anti-gay by not reporting crimes against them or helping them when being beaten.
Since 1997, 35 gay men have been killed. Which is probably why a group called Immigration Equality–a group of pro bono attorneys–got involved to protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders that seek asylum. Read here for the full story on how homosexuals in Jamaica have been treated over the years and why we benefit from them seeking residency in the U.S.